Letter submitted to the Guardian:
There was substantially more factual content in the dossier on Iraq’s alleged WMDs, as published by prime minister Blair on 24 September 2002 than in his advice to Labour members and supporters in the Guardian (“Even if you hate me, please don’t take Labour over the cliff," 13 August
In his contentious polemic, the former New Labour leader asserts “Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t offer anything new.” This is untrue, but then how could we expect a senior international statesman- who has spent much of the past decade acting as an advisor to several autocratic Presidents and Arab potentates, multinational companies, international banks, and propping up Israeli war propaganda when he was, as Middle East envoy for the United Nations supposed to have been enhancing Palestinian economic prospects – find any time to actually read the policy materials issued by Mr Corbyn before deigning to criticize them?
To enlighten the former New Labour leader, here is just one new idea, from the Corbyn camp on the environment and economy entitled “Protecting Our Planet,” issued at the beginning of August.
“As Labour leader I would bring together a coalition of the majority, to move on from
wasteful, polluting and unequal economic approach to our environment and instead
democratise our economy to reduce inequality and promote sustainable development
within the Earth’s resource limits.
Our campaign will prioritise our planet and stand for:
• Britain providing international leadership on climate change and the socialisation
of our energy supply leading an end to the era of fossil fuels
• A modern, green, resource-efficient economy - creating 1 million new climate jobs
• Ensuring everyone has access to a decent home that is low-carbon and
affordable to keep warm.”
He ends: ”This is the Britain I want to build: a future that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable.”
Tony Blair calls these “policies from the past.” Rather, they are policies essential for all our futures.